October News

Posted October 2, 2023

DownloadSeptember was a wonderful month at WCW.  As a school we are working together to build our communities and a strong foundation to be able to delve into our learning.  It was a pleasure to see and welcome our families at Open House.   We hope the WCW students have been sharing the new learning that has been taking place, such as the work done last week learning and understanding about Truth and Reconciliation. 

This academic year, we are excited to share our initiative aimed at fostering excellence and positive contributions among our students.  Our teachers will be facilitating conversations and activities throughout each month that focus on these core principles. These discussions and activities will help our students understand the importance of excellence and positive contributions in their lives.  As part of this initiative, we will be recognizing and celebrating outstanding student achievements each month. One student from each class will be awarded the “Leader of the Pack” award. This award will be given to a student who exemplifies our commitment to excellence in themselves, our school community, and our world.


September 30 – October 10 – Martins Apple Fundraiser 

October 4 – International Walk/Wheel to School Day

October 9 – Thanksgiving Holiday

October 16-17 – Dental Screening

October 16 – IEP’s Home

October 18- 20 Grade 3’s Writing CCAT

October 23 – Police Presentations

October 24 – Grade 7 Immunization

October 27 – PA Day – No School for Students

October 31 – Halloween


Reminder that all September forms need to be returned to homeroom teachers.  

Thank you! 


We understand the significance of regular school attendance and the role of established routines in helping students develop knowledge, skills, and confidence. We also acknowledge that maintaining consistent attendance depends on fostering strong partnerships between families and the school, as well as maintaining open lines of communication.

In this regard, our school intends to send an informational letter to parents in October to notify them if their child has accumulated 10 or more absences or a high number of lates. 

Terry Fox Update

We had a great Terry Fox Walk/Run last Friday!  So far we have raised $1625 towards our $2000 goal.  We are still collecting donations this week if you have been meaning to donate, but haven’t had a chance!  https://schools.terryfox.ca/41426  Thank you so much for your support!

Kids Ability

During this school year, an Occupational Therapist (OT) from KidsAbility Centre for Child Development will once again be working with teachers and students in our school.

OTs are regulated health professionals who focus on improving activities of daily living. An OT will be in our school on a regular basis to support teachers in our classrooms, gym, and playground. This support is available to all classrooms.   

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The Kiss and Ride zone is meant as a drop and go area for students who are able to get from the car to our tarmac area independently.  Cars are not to be parked and left unattended.  If you need to park, pull into a parking spot or park on the available side streets.  We need to keep the Kiss and Ride area moving, our parking lot clear, and the bus area open for buses only.  


We are once again encouraging Boomerang Lunches.  This means that all items (recyclable and garbage) will return home at the end of each day to be put in your home garbage or recycling containers.  Please ensure that your child has a water bottle to refill.


We have an exciting new fundraiser for our Winegard families this fall. We’ve partnered with Martin’s Family Fruit Farm to bring you delicious apples and apple chips. This fundraiser is set to run from September 30th to Tuesday, October 10th. Orders can be placed on School Cash Online and will be available for pickup at the end of October.

And mark your calendars for another much-anticipated event: the Winegard Holiday Bazaar returns on Saturday, November 25th. It’s a fantastic opportunity to kick off the holiday season and find unique gifts, while supporting small businesses. Interested in becoming a vendor? Send an email to [email protected]. To stay updated on all these exciting developments, please keep an eye on your emails and school Facebook groups. 

October 31st Dress Up Day

As in the past, we will continue with a Dress up Day on Halloween. 

Costume options:

– wear orange and black

– dress in a costume

– wear your everyday clothes

– class specific information will be shared by homeroom teachers

If students wish to wear a costume here is a list of Costume Do’s and Don’ts 

Costume Do’s Costume Don’ts
– follow the school Dress Code

– wear black and orange

– appropriate for school

– dress up as a character from your favourite book or movie

– use makeup or face paint – this is to be put on at home before school

– make sure you can get your costume on independently

– check that your costume is safe (i.e. not too long)

– be creative

– no costumes that are representative of another culture, religious beliefs, or gender, socioeconomic status

– any costume related to COVID

– no masks

– no weapons

– no violent references

– costume contact lenses

IB at Guelph CVI

GCVI is now accepting applications for the IB Preparatory Program!

GCVI IB graduates and current students are excited to share their stories with potential IB candidates in the UGDSB. Virtual “school visit” presentations introducing grade 7 and 8 students to the Preparatory and IB Diploma Programs at GCVI will be held throughout October and November. 

On Thursday November 23rd at 6:30pm, prospective applicants and their families are invited to attend the IB Information Night at GCVI. IB graduates and current students will share their stories about student life at GCVI and their journey in the preparatory and IB programs. Small group Q&A sessions will follow to give each family the opportunity to have their questions answered.

For more information about the IB@GCVI visit: https://www.ugdsb.ca/ib-gcvi/

To learn more about the preparatory program application process visit: https://www.ugdsb.ca/ib-gcvi/application/

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